Katherine Terrell said, "They'll utilize both of them but I think C.J. Uzomah has moved ahead of Tyler Kroft."
Terrell's educated guess falls in line with a season-long trend in these two players’ snap counts, with Uzomah seeing more playing time than Kroft in each of the Bengals' four games. Overall, Uzomah has played 159 snaps to only 92 from Kroft, including a 51 to 19 split Week 4, the game Tyler Eifert broke his ankle. In case you've been sleeping under a rock, tight end is an abject disaster this year, making Uzomah instantly worthy of consideration in your lineups. He is our number 13 tight end this week in a home game against the Dolphins.
It was tough to watch and you have to feel terrible for Eifert, who was having a nice season returning from a back injury and missing so much time to injury in his career. Kroft is likely to take his place in the receiving game as Uzomah is more of a blocker.
Against Indianapolis, Tyler Eifert played 23 snaps (including a play nullified by penalty). That was 40 percent of the offensive plays. With the Bengals looking to utilize his skills on third down and in the passing game, the package of plays he participated in mostly stayed in that area.
He was in on seven of the team’s eight third downs.
Marvin Lewis said the amount each of the three tight ends plays will vary for each week.
Uzomah is mostly used in the blocking game and Kroft (18 snaps) saw a diminished role in the offense after coming back from an injury this preseason. Eifert is the TE to own from a fantasy standpoint, but it sounds like all of them will be involved and the Bengals feel they are deep at the position.